Palaces for Pigs and Other Beastly Dwellings: Animal Architecture and Other Beastly Buildings

Palaces for Pigs and Other Beastly Dwellings: Animal Architecture and Other Beastly Buildings


By (author) Lucinda Lambton


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  • Format: Hardback | 255 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 248mm x 28mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Swindon
  • ISBN 10: 1850749892
  • ISBN 13: 9781850749899
  • Illustrations note: col illus t/out
  • Sales rank: 332,246

Product description

The MP caught putting a duck house on expenses must have been glad he was not responsible for some of the more ambitious schemes in this entertaining survey of the impressive and often downright bizarre dwellings which people have built for their animals over the centuries. Focusing in the main on the golden age of animal architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries it documents such oddities as a Greek temple built for pigs, ornate dairy houses 'in the Chinese style', and some utterly unique peacock shelters, as well as some of the elaborate memorials erected to much loved pets.

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Author information

Lucinda Lambton is a writer, photographer and broadcaster. Other books include: Vanishing Victoriana - on the unexpected and all too often undervalued 19th century architecture; Temples of Convenience - the best selling history of the lavatory; An Album of Curious Houses and Lucinda Lambton's A-Z of Britain - the best selling elaboration of the twenty six television programmes written and presented for the B.B.C.

Review quote

'glossy, hugely entertaining ... [this] fascinating book will certainly warm the cockles of the trail-blazing, sentimental, animal-loving heart that lurks within many an English breast.' -- Val Hennessy 'Gloriously idiosyncatic and often extravagantly lavish, she captures a fabulous variety of fanciful dwellings' 'this is a marvellous evocation of British eccentricity... Fun and fascinating.' 'The author is on classic form in this amusing and instructive anthology.' -- Jeremy Musson

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Sport & Speed 2. Plate & Platter 3. Adored & Adornment 4. Death & Decoration Bibliography